Communication is an integral part of what makes us human. Whether it's a speech sound error, a stutter, struggles with social communication, or a language impairment, my students in special education struggle to communicate and it's my privilege to help them.
Imagine struggling to communicate effectively in your daily life.
My students are important and have important things to say. I want them to know this. They just need a bit of help along the way. We work hard, reach goals, and have fun in what we do. We'd love for you to partner with us!
Toys and games help engage students in the therapy learning tasks presented to them. When students are engaged in what they are doing, learning is not only more fun, it's more effective.
Studies have shown that when a child is engaged in play based learning, they learn a skill so much faster than when taught in a less interactive manner.
Dr. Karyn Purvis is quoted to say, "Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain—unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10 and 20 repetitions." In my therapy room, we learn speech and language skills. Games and interactive toys help encourage my students to learn turn taking, functional vocabulary, social skills, verbs, adjectives, nouns, sequencing, asking/answering questions, practicing target articulation sounds, and so much more.
For some of my more impacted students, the interactive toys are a way to teach cause and effect, which is a precursor to learning and using language to communicate. These students benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning and the lights, colors, and sounds of the interactive toys would be a great tool for them to use. I would love for you to partner with us to give my students a little something special to talk about.
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